Dunbar could do no wrong Thursday night, opening the game on a 33-0 run en route to a 63-26 Class 4A regional quarterfinal win over West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman.
The Lady Tigers (26-2) forced 24 first-half turnovers and were halfway to 100 at the half with a 50-8 lead. Cardinal Newman (13-12) didn’t register a point until 57 seconds into the second quarter on a Tytionia Adderly lay-up.
“We got out and grabbed them,” Dunbar coach Dwayne Donnell said. “It’s a little different playing in this gymnasium — our kids defend our home court very well.
“To get out to a start like that is phenomenal. You couldn’t even ask for a better start for our kids.”
News-Press Player of the Year candidate sophomore Keri Jewett filled up the stat sheet for Dunbar, scoring 16 points to go along with eight assists and six steals.
“We knew we had to push and come out with intensity,” Jewett said. “We have to play like that the rest of the way to win the state title.”
Sophomore Kiara Desamours was lights out in the first half going 7-for-7 from the floor. She finished with 25 points on 11-for-13 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds. She tied Jewett with a game-high six steals.
Cardinal Newman went 4-for-13 in the first half and when the second half began the game went to a running clock. Donnell was able to rest his starters in the rout sitting them one second into the fourth quarter.
Freshman Tytionia Adderly was the lone bright spot for the Crusaders scoring 15 points on 7-for-9 shooting. At 5-foot-10 she was able to be a presence inside but her teammates provided just 11 total points.
Dunbar will make the 127 mile drive to Fort Pierce Lincoln Park Tuesday for the regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Lincoln Park defeated Bishop Verot 73-43 on Thursday.